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JRob

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Ilex serrata - leaf picture please.
« on: October 06, 2013, 03:37 PM »
If anyone has an Ilex serrata - Japanese Winterberry I'd appreciate it if you could please post a picture of it's leaves. I bought a small plant to grow in the ground and it is labeled Ilex serrata but I have my doubts.

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JRob
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coh

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Re: Ilex serrata - leaf picture please.
« Reply #1 on: October 07, 2013, 05:44 PM »


Here are some pics of what I believe are Ilex serrata leaves. First photo is of a relatively new leaf that emerged late during the growing season. Color is probably most accurate on this one. Second photo is also a relatively new leaf. Other 2 photos are older leaves that are somewhat chlorotic (but the camera enhanced the yellow appearance, it's not quite that bad).

Hope these are helpful.

Chris
 

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Re: Ilex serrata - leaf picture please.
« Reply #2 on: August 23, 2014, 07:17 AM »
I'm growing one of these Ilex Serrata in the ground; from Evergreen Gardenworks 3-4 years ago.  Right now it's about 4' tall, thumb-thick, and popping back all the way to the ground.  It will need a low chop in the next year or two, but before then, I'd like to propagate it.
Anyone have any experience propagating them...layering or cuttings?
 

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Re: Ilex serrata - leaf picture please.
« Reply #3 on: August 23, 2014, 08:50 AM »
Layering, works well. They don 't heal well, so if you can have a sense of yhe nebari before uou chop it may save you from having a 30-40 year scar.
 

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Re: Ilex serrata - leaf picture please.
« Reply #4 on: August 23, 2014, 11:41 AM »
Rob,

I'd say that Chris and Brian's pictures are indeed I. Seratta. They look like my tree which was purchased from a nurseryman, Bill Kuhl of McLean Nursery in MD, who specializes in Ilex.

Best regards to all,

Ray
 

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Re: Ilex serrata - leaf picture please.
« Reply #5 on: August 23, 2014, 11:55 AM »
One of the strongest characteristics of mine, partly evident in the pics, is that the new growth (both leaves and stems) have a distinct purple tinge. I'm wondering if Brian, Ray also see that in their specimens?

Got mine from Bill Valavanis, it's really just a stump that I'm trying to re-invigorate. From what I've been told, it was imported many years ago, a student of Bill's owned it and at some point the top died back. It wound up back in Bill's nursery where I found it. The base of the stump is a couple of inches across. It has some growth from the top part of the stump but the strongest growth is a series of suckers from around the base. I've gone back and forth between thinking of making it a clump (surrounding an old, decaying stump) versus removing (layering) the suckers and trying to obtain additional buds/growth from higher up on the stump. Just not sure how vigorous the top would be if I removed the suckers.

I'll have to see if I can dig up some pics from the dormant period as I would like some suggestions.

Chris
 

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Re: Ilex serrata - leaf picture please.
« Reply #6 on: August 23, 2014, 12:08 PM »
Thanks John, I did quite a bit of root work on it 2 years ago, and will be poking around next spring to be sure  the cuts are toward the back of the best front dictated by the nebari.  I'll try a layer next spring.

On the color, new growth is definitely purple when it's getting started, but once it's 1/2" long, it gets green.